List of mayors of Indianapolis

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Mayor of City of Indianapolis
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Incumbent
Joe Hogsett

since January 1, 2016
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder Samuel Henderson
Formation 1847
Salary $95,317.60 annually[1]
Website Office of the Mayor

The Mayor of Indianapolis is the head of the executive branch of the consolidated city-county government of Indianapolis and Marion County. As the chief executive, the mayor has the duty to oversee city-county government's various departments, agencies, and municipal corporations. He or she also has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Indianapolis City-County Council, the legislative branch. The mayor serves a four-year term and has no limit to the number of terms he or she may serve.[2]

As of 2016, the mayor was paid an annual salary of $95,317.60.[1] The Mayor's Office is on the twenty-fifth floor of the City-County Building.[3]

Elections[edit]

The mayor of Indianapolis is elected every four years; elections take place one year before United States presidential elections on election day in November. The mayor is usually sworn in at noon on January 1st following the election. The next election for the mayor will be in 2019.

Indianapolis city elections are partisan, with party affiliations listed alongside candidates' names on the ballot.[4] Primary elections are held on the first Tuesday of May in a mayoral election year. Candidates for mayor secure their party's nominations to campaign in the general election, held on Election Day the following November.

Lists[edit]

To date, 43 individuals have served as mayor. There have been 49 mayoralties due to six individuals who served nonconsecutive terms. John Caven, Caleb S. Denny, Charles A. Bookwalter, Samuel L. Shank, Reginald H. Sullivan, and Philip L. Bayt served two nonconsecutive terms each. The longest term was that of William "Bill" Hudnut, who served four consecutive terms for 16 years.[5] The shortest term was that of Claude E. Negley, who served 13 days.

Pre-Unigov[edit]

Old Indianapolis City Hall housed the Mayor's Office from 1910 until completion of the City-County Building in 1962.
# Mayor Term start Term end   Party
1 Henderson, SamuelSamuel Henderson May 1, 1847 1849 Whig
2 Newcomb, Horatio C.Horatio C. Newcomb 1849 November 7, 1851[6] Whig
3 Scudder, CalebCaleb Scudder 1851 1854 Whig
4 McCready, JamesJames McCready 1854 1856 Democratic
5 West, Henry F.Henry F. West 1856 November 8, 1856[7] Democratic
6 Coulon, Charles G.Charles G. Coulon 1856 1856 Democratic
7 Wallace, William J.William J. Wallace 1856 May 5, 1858[8] Republican
8 Maxwell, Samuel D.Samuel D. Maxwell 1858 1863 Republican
9 Caven, JohnJohn Caven 1863 1867 Republican
10 McCauley, DanielDaniel McCauley 1867 1873 Republican
11 Mitchell, James L.James L. Mitchell 1873 1875 Democratic
12 Caven, JohnJohn Caven 1875 1881 Republican
13 Grubbs, Daniel W.Daniel W. Grubbs 1881 1884 Republican
14 McMaster, John L.John L. McMaster 1884 1886 Republican
15 Denny, Caleb S.Caleb S. Denny 1886 1890 Republican
16 Sullivan, Thomas L.Thomas L. Sullivan 1890 1893 Democratic
17 Denny, Caleb S.Caleb S. Denny 1893 1895 Republican
18 Taggart, ThomasThomas Taggart 1895 1901 Democratic
19 Bookwalter, Charles A.Charles A. Bookwalter 1901 1903 Republican
20 Holtzman, John W.John W. Holtzman 1903 1906 Democratic
21 Bookwalter, Charles A.Charles A. Bookwalter 1906 1910 Republican
22 Shank, Samuel L.Samuel L. Shank 1910 November 28, 1913[9] Republican
23 Wallace, Henry R.Henry R. Wallace 1913 1914 Republican
24 Bell, Joseph E.Joseph E. Bell 1914 1918[9] Democratic
25 Jewett, Charles W.Charles W. Jewett 1918 1922 Republican
26 Shank, Samuel L.Samuel L. Shank 1922 1926 Republican
27 Duvall, John L.John L. Duvall 1926 October 27, 1927[10] Republican
28 Negley, Claude E.Claude E. Negley October 27, 1927[11] November 9, 1927 Republican
29 Slack, Lemuel ErtusLemuel Ertus Slack 1927 1930 Democratic
30 Sullivan, Reginald H.Reginald H. Sullivan 1930 1935 Democratic
31 Kern, John W.John W. Kern 1935 September 2, 1937[12] Democratic
32 Boetcher, Walter C.Walter C. Boetcher 1937 1939 Democratic
33 Sullivan, Reginald H.Reginald H. Sullivan 1939 1943 Democratic
34 Tyndall, RobertRobert Tyndall 1943 July 9, 1947[13] Republican
35 Denny, George L.George L. Denny July 9, 1947 January 1, 1948 Republican
36 Feeney, Albert G.Albert G. Feeney January 1, 1948 November 12, 1950[14] Democratic
37 Bayt, Philip L.Philip L. Bayt November 12, 1950 November 24, 1951[15] Democratic
38 Emhardt, Christian J.Christian J. Emhardt November 24, 1951 January 1, 1952 Democratic
39 Clark, Alex M.Alex M. Clark January 1, 1952 January 1, 1956 Republican
40 Bayt, Philip L.Philip L. Bayt January 1, 1956 January 1, 1960[16] Democratic
41 Boswell, Charles H.Charles H. Boswell January 1, 1960 August 6, 1962[17] Democratic
42 Losche, Albert H.Albert H. Losche August 6, 1962 January 1, 1964 Democratic
43 Barton, John J.John J. Barton January 1, 1964 January 1, 1968 Democratic

Unigov[edit]

Richard Lugar was the 44th mayor of Indianapolis, and the first under Unigov.

Unigov, the city-county consolidation of Indianapolis and Marion County governments, was enacted on January 1, 1970, exactly two years into Richard Lugar's first term as mayor.[2] The new governance structure, codified in Indiana Code, mandates that the Mayor of Indianapolis is the chief executive of both the city and Marion County. Due to this structure, all Marion County residents are permitted to vote for the Mayor of Indianapolis, regardless if they live within the city or an excluded city or town.[18] For example, residents of Beech Grove, which is an entirely independent municipality in Marion County, have the ability to vote for the Mayor of Indianapolis.[2]

# Mayor Term start Term end   Party
44 Lugar, RichardRichard Lugar January 1, 1968 January 1, 1976 Republican
45 Hudnut, William H.William H. Hudnut January 1, 1976 January 1, 1992 Republican
46 Goldsmith, StephenStephen Goldsmith January 1, 1992 January 1, 2000 Republican
47 Peterson, BartBart Peterson January 1, 2000 January 1, 2008 Democratic
48 Ballard, GregGreg Ballard January 1, 2008 January 1, 2016 Republican
49 Hogsett, JosephJoseph Hogsett January 1, 2016 incumbent Democratic

Living former mayors[edit]

As of November 2017, four former mayors are alive, the oldest being Richard Lugar (1968–1976; born 1932). The most recent mayor to die is William Hudnut (1976–1992; born 1932), on December 18, 2016.

Mayor Mayoral term Date of birth
Lugar, RichardRichard Lugar 1968–1976 April 4, 1932 (age 85)
Goldsmith, StephenStephen Goldsmith 1992–2000 December 12, 1946 (age 70)
Peterson, BartBart Peterson 2000–2008 June 15, 1958 (age 59)
Ballard, GregGreg Ballard 2008–2016 November 20, 1954 (age 63)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Report Builder: Employee Compensation Report". Indiana Gateway for Government Units. State of Indiana. Retrieved November 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Unigov Handbook: A Citizen's Guide to Local Government" (PDF). League of Women Voters of Indianapolis. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ Price, Nelson (2004). Indianapolis Then & Now. San Diego, California: Thunder Bay Press. p. 38. ISBN 1-59223-208-6. 
  4. ^ "Partisan vs. Nonpartisan Elections". National League of Cities. Retrieved November 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Mack, Justin; Higgins, Will (December 18, 2016). "Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut dies at 84". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Resigned.
  7. ^ Died in office.
  8. ^ Resigned.
  9. ^ a b Resigned.
  10. ^ Resigned.
  11. ^ Appointed by Council.
  12. ^ Resigned.
  13. ^ Died in office.
  14. ^ Died in office.
  15. ^ Resigned.
  16. ^ Resigned.
  17. ^ Resigned.
  18. ^ "IC 36-3-3-2". iga.in.gov. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 

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